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OUR HEART FLUTTERS. Your jaw drops. Your breath intake deepens. You’re experiencing a travel WOW — an extraordinary, life-affirming, awe-inducing moment of the kind we all revel in, strive to remember and can’t wait to share with the folks back home. Whether WOWs involve wildlife, amazing scenery (natural or manmade) or unique experiences or activities, they’re the hallmarks of unforgettable vacations. Such thrilling moments of goosebumps & giddiness abound on 2 very special AAA Featured Vacations — “Spectacular South Africa” and “Australia & New Zealand.” And, AAA members who book & make a deposit by May 31 will be wowed by savings of up to $1,200 per room (discount tied to your membership level; see savings chart on page 8 for details).

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“Oz-some” perfectly describes this very popuSafari! Swahili for “journey,” this one word lar and awesome AAA adventure April 24–May readily conjures up images of exotic animals, peo14, 2014! It’s a dream-fulfilling exploration of the ples & places. And, with the abundance of “wows” unique and diverse wonders Austraon AAA’s April 24–May 9, 2014, escorted lia & New Zealand offer. Travel down tour, you won’t be disappointed! Each tour under with an experienced AAA Tour Explore wild & wonderful areas comincludes Manager on a 21-day grand tour of citfortably and confidently as a group AAA-exclusive ies & countryside and see more and do with your fellow AAA travelers and an excursions at more than you can on most other tours experienced AAA Tour Manager from no extra cost! — from meeting Aboriginal Australians the moment you arrive in South Africa. to visiting a koala sanctuary to viewing This unique 14-night tour is jama sheep shearing. You’ll even experience unique packed with opportunities to view — and in some dining; among the 30 included meals are dinners cases, meet — wildlife “up close & personal.” Sideep “in the bush” with entertainment under dle up to penguins braying like donkeys, enjoy a star-studded sky, on a cruise around Sydney safaris (from an open-air vehicle and from atop Harbour and with a New Zealand family in their an elephant’s back!) and “capture” lions, leopards home. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! and rhinos with your camera! It all begins at Cairns, tropical gateway to the From Johannesburg to Soweto to Cape Town to Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage Site. First, Victoria Falls, you’ll meet local people (children glide over & into the rainforest canopy at a township school, adults in a Zimin a cabled gondola, then enjoy a AAAbabwean village) and gain a better unA AAA Tour exclusive inclusion — an evening of derstanding of southern Africa’s diverse Manager is indigenous cuisine, entertainment and cultures, social challenges and unique by your side storytelling. Zip on a high-speed cataways of life. while you’re maran to a pontoon on the reef, where The places you’ll visit! In the wealthithere! you can snorkel or scuba if you wish. est province, cosmopolitan Jo’burg Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Outbustles as a gold & diamond center and back. Tour the base of this huge monolith and, South Africa’s largest city. A visit to the informal as the sun sets, enjoy a Champagne toast watch settlements of the South West Townships (SoweUluru change colors! to) includes lunch with locals continued on page 8 continued on page 8

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Set sail for Hawaii aboard NCL Cruises Scattered like pearls around the Pacific, Hawaii is the ideal cruise destination. And there is no better way to experience “the misty seas of the high heavens” than island hopping aboard NCL’s Pride of America, combined with a 2-night AAA land package at the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa. Pride of America embodies all the attributes of NCL’s innovative Freestyle Cruising, and the 7-night cruises visit all of Hawaii’s main islands, including overnights on Maui and Kauai. Passengers will have more time in port than any other cruise line. Plus, receive special Aloha Gifts from AAA Travel, valued up to $200, when you book and deposit by May 31, 2013. SEE PAGE 9


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STAY COVERED — Many travelers do not carry the appropriate insurance protection.

Travel Health Insurance

If you need medical treatment overseas, you will probably be asked to pay out-of-pocket, which could be very expensive. Even countries with nationalized health care may not cover people who are nonresidents. Before you go, consider your insurance options in case you need care while you’re abroad, especially if you have existing health conditions, will be away

Give Yourself an Upgrade— to the highest level of protection available! Get more from your membership. Upgrade to AAA Premier. With expanded roadside assistance — and a host of other benefits — AAA Premier is a smart choice. To upgrade your membership, call or visit your local AAA office or AAA.com, or call the Member Service Center at

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hether your idea of a summer break is sipping a cocktail by the pool, mountain biking a double black diamond, or touring the capitals of Europe, travel insurance can provide valuable assistance and financial protection. “Emergencies are rare, but everyone should have a contingency plan,” says Jim Lehman, president AAA East Central. “Unforeseen illnesses and medical emergencies are the number one reason trips are canceled.” If you’re planning an international trip, there are three types of insurance you should consider: trip cancellation insurance, travel health insurance, and medical evacuation insurance.

Trip cancellation insurance covers your financial investment in your trip, should you have to cancel a trip due to sickness, a death in the family, bad weather, delayed luggage or another disaster listed in the policy. In addition, if you or an immediate family member become seriously ill or are injured during the trip some travel insurance policies will reimburse you for the unused portion of the vacation. There may be exclusions for pre-existing conditions, so check your policy carefully. Depending on the policy, trip cancellation insurance might not cover any medical care overseas, so you may need a separate travel health insurance policy.

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from home for a long time, or will be engaging in adventure activities such as scuba diving or hang gliding. If you have health insurance in the United States, find out if it will cover emergencies that happen abroad. Ask if your policy has any exclusions, such as for preexisting conditions or adventure activities. If your health insurance coverage is not adequate, consider buying a short-term supplemental policy. Look for a policy that will make payments to hospitals directly.

Medical Evacuation Insurance

If you are traveling to a destination where care is not up to U.S. standards, consider buying medical evacuation insurance. This can be purchased separately or as part of your travel health insurance policy. This insurance will pay for emergency transportation from a remote or poor area to a highquality hospital. Make sure that the policy provides a 24-hour physician support center. When deciding whether travel insurance is right for you, compare companies, policy coverage, benefits and prices. Find out what is included and what is excluded and check your current health and homeowners insurance policies to see what coverage you already have. Having the right insurance will help you prepare for the unexpected in the event your trip is canceled, interrupted or delayed.

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Northeast Ohio AAA Offices ALLIANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330/823-9820 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330/821-2323 2322 South Union Ave., 44601 ASHLAND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419/289-8133 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419/289-2222 1074 Commerce Parkway, 44805 ASHTABULA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/997-5586 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/998-1008 2835 North Ridge Rd. East 44004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866/260-7322 INDEPENDENCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216/606-6300 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216/606-6080 5700 Brecksville Rd. 44131 LAKE COUNTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/974-0990 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/205-9090 6980 Heisley Rd., Mentor 44060 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800/964-5253 LYNDHURST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/473-0700 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/473-0747 5356 Mayfield Rd. 44124 MAHONING COUNTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330/726-9083 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330/726-0622 1275 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Boardman 44512 MASSILLON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330/833-1084 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330/833-1084 1972 Wales Rd, 44646 MIDWAY MALL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/324-2090 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/324-3423 1839 Midway Mall, Elyria 44035 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800/964-3929 NORWALK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419/668-1622 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419/668-1622 275 Benedict Ave. Norwalk 44857. . . . . . . . . . . . . 800/964-8766 PORTAGE COUNTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330/296-3406 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330/296-3406 2641 Rte. 59, Ravenna 44266 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800/999-0012 SOLON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/248-9000 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/248-1808 34050 Solon Rd. 44139 STRONGSVILLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/783-3395 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/783-3396 17220 Royalton Rd. 44136, Borders Plaza

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If long- or short-term foreign travel is in your plans speak with your AAA travel or insurance representative about travel insurance coverage that you can take with you wherever you go. Call 800.354.8761 or visit AAA.com/Insurance to purchase travel medical insurance online.

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Teaching your children about traffic safety East Central Ohio Region Official publication of AAA East Central Published monthly (except bimonthly Aug./Sept., Nov./Dec.) by AAA East Central 1972 Wales Rd. NE#1, Massillon, OH 44646-4110 330/ 833-1084 USPS 0679-850 Periodicals Postage Paid at Massillon, OH Postmaster: Send address changes to AAA Motorist East Central Ohio Region P.O. Box 6150 Cleveland, OH 44101 Subscription Rate: $1 included in Primary Membership dues. All others: $2/year. Publisher ................................James E. Lehman Managing Editor............................. Douglas O’Neil Business Manager ..................... Sherry A. Madison Editorial Office 5700 Brecksville Road, Independence, OH 44131 216/606-6700 e-mail: motorist@aaaec.com

AAA EAST CENTRAL Chairman: ................................................Richard S. Hamilton Vice Chairman:....................................... James E. Broome, Jr. Vice Chairman:....................................... Douglas W. Caldwell Vice Chairman:.........................................Mary Lynn Laughlin Vice Chairman:.................................... Martha Hartle Munsch OFFICERS: President: ................................................... James E. Lehman Treasurer & CFO: ...........................................Michael R. Pratt Secretary: ................................................Robert H. Compton GOVERNING BOARD OF DIRECTORS Glenn B. Bachman, James E. Broome, Jr., Steve D. Bullock**, Douglas W. Caldwell, Charles O. Casto, Edward C. Coaxum, Jr., Robert S. Collins, Robert H. Compton, Jon E. Denney, Debra A. Dinnocenzo, Floyd R. Ganassi**, Richard S. Hamilton, James H. Kanicki, Mary Lynn Laughlin, William Duff McCrady, James M. McDonnell**, Thomas V. McKernan Jr., Martha Hartle Munsch, Gary K. Munsie, Terrence L. Walton** EAST CENTRAL REGION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Debra A. Dinnocenzo, Chairman, Neil D. Bassi, Vice Chairman, Carol Asam, Christian Asam, Jack A. Barkley, William E. Bierer**, Ellsworth T. Bowser**, Peter Burton, Marianne B. Campbell, Charles O. Casto, Michael A. Cochran, Daniel J. Collins Jr.**, Robert S. Collins, Robert H. Compton, James J. Dodaro, Jack G. Ellis, J. Terrence Farrell, Floyd R. Ganassi**, Mona N. Generett, Charles W. Groce , Richard S. Hamilton, Mark Henschen, Luke Howe, Richard Kallenborn, Herbert G. Koenig, Mark S. Mansour, W. Duff McCrady, Martha Hartle Munsch, W. Lee Oswalt, III, Michael Parkes, John D. Petruso, Louis Pomerico, Leonard L. Scheinholtz**, James C. Stump, Jr., James F. Ward *ex officio **emeritus directors

OHIO MOTORISTS REGION BOARD OF TRUSTEES John B. Hexter, Chairman, James H. Kanicki, Vice Chairman, Keith Boales, Thomas G. Brick**, Steve D. Bullock*, Edward C. Coaxum, Jr., Audrey T. Cole, Gary S. Cowling**, Jon E. Denney*, Richard S. Hamilton, John B. Hexter, James H. Kanicki, Mary Lynn Laughlin, John D. Leech**, Khai H. Lim, Marvin E. Montgomery, Peter C. Ohlheiser, James H. Purtz, Sara E. Stashower *ex officio **emeritus directors ALLIANCE REGIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS Glenn L. Akins, Keith Brown, Roy Clunk, Janet Culp, Mark Henschen, Gregory King, Terence Taylor, Andrew Zumbar MASSILLON REGIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS Wendy Blosser, Jeffrey Bushman, Karen Crites, Douglas Lab, Robert Marks, Ray Martinez, James Purtz, William Schumacher, James Snively, Robert Yund TUSCARAWAS REGIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS William Andreas, Terry Bates, William Belknap, II, James Carrothers, Michael Cochran, Chris Helbing, Chris Hensel, John Herzig, Blair Hillyer, Rex Hostetler, E. L. Loader, Thomas R. McCartney, Jeannie Michel, Sally O’Donnell, John Ourant, Rod Rafael, Ronald Shell, Clark Smith, Robert Stephenson, II, Richard Stephenson, Dayne Thomas, Ryan Wallick, Michael Welsh Copyright ©2013 by AAA East Central. Publication of an advertisement in the AAA Motorist does not constitute an endorsement of the product or service by the AAA Motorist or by AAA East Central, except in the case of products and services which are being offered by AAA East Central.

Good safety habits will last them a lifetime By Richard Hamilton Chairman, AAA East Central riving always demands our full attention, but it is especially important at this time of year. After nine, long months of school, children will soon be celebrating the freedom of summer vacation. The warm sunshine beckons them to play ball, ride bikes, or cool off in the sprinkler. Children may be so distracted by the pastimes of summer, they become oblivious to the risks of traffic rolling by. Parents should never forget that children often have very little concept of the speed, weight, and power of a vehicle. They are particularly vulnerable because they are harder for motorists to see and their actions can be unpredictable. Children also tend to think that if they see a driver, the driver also sees them. Young children may not have the cognitive maturity to judge when it’s safe to cross a street and are less likely to understand the consequences of their misjudgments. They may not stop and think before darting between parked cars or chasing a ball into the street. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 300 children 15 and younger are hit and killed each year while walking in what should be their safe haven — their neighborhood. In 2010, the last year that statistics are available, almost one fifth of the children between the ages of age 5 of 9 killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.

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Richard Hamilton The majority of preschool and elementary-school-age pedestrian injuries and deaths usually occur near the child’s home. Darting out into the street without looking is one of the most common mistakes children make, and one of the most deadly. Parents should never expect too much, too soon. NHTSA research psychologists report that parents’ or caretakers’ unrealistic expectations are a contributing factor in many child pedestrian tragedies. Learn to recognize a child’s limitations. Their peripheral vision for example, is approximately one-third narrower than an adult’s. They may have difficulty judging a vehicle’s speed or believe that a car can stop instantly.

While children may not have the judgment to cope with traffic by themselves, they can learn safety rules. Teaching children how to cross the street properly is essential. Parents must work with their kids to get them in the habit of always stopping at the edge of the street, looking left, then right, then left again to make sure the road is clear. This is the golden rule of traffic safety and it is essential for children to learn it at an early age. Find places away from streets, driveways, and parking lots for children to play. Fenced yards, parks, and playgrounds are good choices. Children also should be taught to ask an adult to retrieve any toys that roll into the street. Establish where young children can use wheeled toys such as tricycles, bicycles, wagons, or scooters. AAA recommends that parents set age- appropriate limits on where their children can walk or bike safely. As in all parenting, the do-as-I-say method works best when parents set a good example. Children will recognize when you are obeying the speed limits and giving right of way to pedestrians. Chances are, if you obey traffic signals, cross the street properly, and wear a helmet when riding a bike, so will your children. These are good safety habits that will last them a lifetime. Our children need the best protection we can provide. As a motorist you can make a real difference just by staying alert and taking extra care in residential areas or while driving where children are present.

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ummer vacation season is nearly here, and travelers will soon be shopping for rental cars for their travel destinations. One of the benefits of AAA membership is the special package of savings available when you rent from Hertz. Members receive up to a 20 percent discount on car rentals, free Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership, plus an array of money-saving opportunities, including special upgrades, dollars-off coupons, and more. Their Member Satisfaction Guarantee is your assurance that the rate and car class, or a higher car class, will be available as reserved. The key to these exclusive Hertz savings and benefits is the CDP#. Your Hertz CDP number is the same as your club code, which appears on the front of your membership card. It’s your gateway to savings and value. The Hertz system will automatically assign the best rate available within the chosen channel of distribution at the time of reservation.

Exclusive AAA member benefits include free unlimited mileage on most rentals. Families receive free use of one child, infant or booster seat with every rental, and there’s no charge for an additional driver if that driver is a AAA member with a credit card in their own name. Hertz frequently offers AAA members special single and double upgrade coupons in addition to dollars off coupons. These coupon or couponless offers are available from AAA travel offices, in your club publication and on AAA.com. While most leisure and/or promotional weekly rates require that a car be rented over Saturday night, AAA members won’t have to worry. They qualify for low weekly rates without having to keep the vehicle over a Saturday night. And when you return, a Hertz agent will be waiting to give you an Instant Return receipt before you even leave the vehicle. Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership is free to AAA members. But

that’s not all. Basic and Plus members receive 600 Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Bonus Points. That’s enough for one free rental day after the first Gold rental. Join at AAA.com/HertzGold. AAA Premier members receive 1,000 Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Bonus Points enough for two free weekend rental days! Join at AAA.com/HertzPremier. Plus, your Hertz Discount Code (CDP#) is automatically included in your reservations. Hertz’ premier frequent renter program entitles you to membership privileges at more than 40 major airports and 1,000 locations around the world. Just get in, show your driver’s license at the exit gate and drive away. There’s no waiting in line, nothing to sign. Your car will be waiting in a weather-protected #1 Club Gold area. AAA demands the best for its members. That’s why Hertz is the only car-rental company endorsed by AAA. The next time you need a rental car let Hertz put you in the driver’s seat.


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Answering the questions you never thought to ask Why you need a professional insurance agent

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veryone needs insurance and consumers are barraged by a myriad of insurance company offers all claiming they can provide what you need. Many suggest going on line; picking your own coverages and buying insurance. Easy! Quick! Cheap! With an almost unlimited number of choices, why are more people turning to professional agents to do their planning? Time-challenged consumers may be one reason for the shift. If you’re not familiar with the terrain finding the right information can be time consuming and challenging. Why struggle with websites that are convoluted, confusing and filled with vague and unfamiliar terminology? Whether you are a teenager just starting to drive or a multi-millionaire with multiple homes and vehicles it’s very important to purchase insurance to adequately protect your interests. The types of insurance, the coverages, what you need and how much you need are difficult questions to answer without some help. What are your needs for the future? What happens if you’re in an accident? How much insurance do you need to adequately protect yourself? A professional insurance agent can help you answer those questions. Insurance is a highly regulated industry. All professional agents are

you decide on the adequate coverages to protect yourself and your family. During a comprehensive insurance review an agent will take into account your income, your assets, your responsibilities, as well as your plans for the future, to determine what your insurance needs may be. The agent will then review your current coverages to help you evaluate whether it is appropriate for your current situation. An agent will know the questions to ask; be able to answer any of yours and help you decipher insurance jargon. By the time the conversation ends, you’ll be able to make an informed choice about your insurance coverage options. You’ll also know, that every time you have a significant life change, that you can confidently reach out to that agent you trust, to make important decisions regarding your insurance coverage.

TALK TO A PRO — Many people find it easier to deal with an insurance professional rather than do all the work themselves. licensed by the state they work in to sell insurance after taking a comprehensive class and passing a state-issued exam. Insurance professionals also are required to keep up-to-date with the many changes in the industry by taking continuing education classes prior to license renewals. In addition, when an agent is hired by AAA East Central to sell auto and home insurance (or Property and Casualty in insurance

jargon), they are required to take a month-long, in-house training class to become experts on the products they sell. They are taught how to interpret the policy language and how it applies to the person purchasing that coverage. Contrary to what some insurance companies try to tell you in their advertising, purchasing insurance should not be a quick transaction. It takes some time for a good insurance agent to help

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Set sail on a repositioning cruise this fall Changes in latitude bring changes in attitude

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ooling fall temperatures can signal some hot cruise deals. Cruise ships, like migratory birds, tend to follow the sun, and in the fall many ships return to the Caribbean from Europe, Alaska, and New England. Since no cruise line wants to sail without passengers, they offer a variety of special off-season and promotional rates, all of which make these repositioning cruises a particularly fine bargain. Many cruise lines also use additional sea days to enhance onboard activities with special themes and out-ofthe-ordinary entertainment. This rare combination of exotic, off the beaten path locales, leisurely days at sea, and incredible value means they often sell out early. If there’s a downside it’s that these cruises begin and end in different ports and that can mean buying two, one-way plane tickets. Celebrity Cruises’ 14-night Spanish Serenade repositioning cruise departs Barcelona onboard Celebrity Equinox October 27. Ports include of Palma De Mallorca; Valencia; and Malaga, Spain; Lanzarote, and Tenerife, Canary Islands; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Often referred to as the Hawaii of the Atlantic the Canary Islands’ seven major islands are all remnants of extinct volcanoes. The French poet André Breton called them “a surreal paradise” where

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admire the breathtaking scenery along Madeira’s southern coast. The Madeira Islands are famous for their strategic location along the old trade routes between Africa and the Americas, and the wonderful Madeira wine produced here. From the time of Vasco Da Gama, to the age of the steamship, the Madeira Islands served as a supply and fuel stop for countless sea voyagers. George Washington is said to have loved Madeira wine and drank a pint of it daily. Today’s Madeira wine comes in a range of varieties — from young, light and dry, to the rich, honeyed vintages over one hundred years old. Visitors also come to the islands for their remarkable natural beauty, the beaches, golf, hiking, deep-sea fishing, and old world charm.

WISH YOU WERE HERE — Repositioning cruises offer one-of-a-kind ports like Funchal, Madeira. snowcapped mountains loom over lush tropical lagoons. Lanzarote, the northernmost of the Canary Islands, was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993. Arrecife, the island’s capital presides over a smiling crescent of beach with a broad, palm-lined promenade. Mount Teide, a dormant volcano and the tallest mountain in Spain, dominates Tenerife, the largest of the islands. Princess Cruises is sailing 15-night Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale Transatlantic Cruise onboard Ruby

Princess November 29. Ports include featuring Barcelona; Toulon, France; Florence/Pisa (Livorno), and Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; and Madeira (Funchal), Portugal. Located 750 miles southwest of Lisbon, about 300 miles from the west coast of Africa, the “Islands of Eternal Spring” are nature’s very own botanical garden overflowing with frangipani, bougainvillea, hibiscus, orchids and azalea. Home to some of the world’s highest volcanic cliffs, from Cabo Girão you can

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Contrary to popular belief the Canary Islands’ name has nothing to do with the colorful songbird. The name derives from Latin term Insularia Canaria, or Island of the Dogs, referring to the fierce packs of wild dogs that once roamed Grand Canaria. FOR MORE INFORMATION

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at a shebeen (house tavern). At the Apartheid Museum, take an in-depth look at the nation’s divisive past. Travel through the Drakensburg Mountains to South Africa’s largest game reserve, Kruger National Park. A local expert leads you in search of the Big 5 — elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino. Watch carefully from your open-air safari vehicle; you may also see impala, zebra and giraffe. Save enough film or memory to capture the stunning beauty of the Garden Route, a scenic stretch of coastline between mountains and the Indian Ocean on the way to Tsitsikamma Forest, home to hundreds of species of birdlife. At Featherbed Nature Reserve, cruise a lagoon to the Heads, sandstone cliffs near Knysna, culinary capital of oysters and other delectable seafood. Then visit the national ostrich capital; tour a working farm and, if you choose, ride these flightless and largest of living birds. Afterward, a goblet of great wine may be in order. Fortunately, the Cape Winelands region is your next stop! South Africa has produced wine since 1659; visit a wine farm and sample a blend at a winery restaurant among the vines. One of the world’s most multicultural cities, Cape Town hugs a visually stunning harbor with a mountain forming a dramatic backdrop to the City Bowl. With its plateau more than 3,300 feet high, Table Mountain is surrounded

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April 24–May 9, 2014 • AAA Member Rate: $8,699 Rate per person (double occupancy) is before savings, is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Cleveland-Johannesburg), in-Africa flights, roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, sightseeing per itinerary, accommodations, hotel luggage handling (1 bag per person), taxes/gratuities/government fees for included features, 28 meals, in-Africa guide, cancel-for-any-reason protection and the services of a AAA Tour Manager (if minimum-participation goal is met). AAA Member Choice Vacations® door-to-door transfer service is unavailable on this departure. Visit AAA.com/ GoAfrica for complete itinerary and important pre-travel information. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Kruger National Park: Safari drive Port Elizabeth: Garden Rte gateway Garden Route: coastal scenery Tsitsikamma Forest: birdlife Knysna: resort town, school visit

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by near-vertical cliffs, Devil’s Peak and In Alice Springs, meet an Aboriginal Lion’s Head. Ride a thrilling cable car to musical group and dine in the bush its top for breathtaking views. (When a with entertainment under the stars. On thin strip of cloud forms over the mouna special Dreamtime tour, you’ll learn tain, locals call it their “tablecloth.”) about Aboriginal culture, meet individOn Cape Peninsula, visit with penuals and even visit a school. guins at Boulder Beach; explore KirstenOften characterized as Victorian, Melbosch Botanical Gardens. Take an afterbourne is lively and cosmopolitan; tour hours tour of the African Gold Museum its lovely Fitzroy Gardens and then travbefore enjoying a traditional African el to Phillip Island Nature Park, home of dining experience. the world’s largest Not yet wowed colony of Little (or, enough? Fly to as they’re known Book & make a deposit Zimbabwe’s Victorto Aussies, Fairy) by May 31, 2013, to save! ia Falls (its indigpenguins, just 13" enous name means tall, the smallest SOUTH AFRICA AUSTRALIA & NZ “smoke that thunpenguin species. $700 ...... Premier .... $1,200 ders”), where the Watch hundreds of $600 ..... AAA Plus ... $1,100 Zambezi River falls these lovable birds in a single vertical waddle from sea $550 .........Basic ....... $1,050 drop into a chasm to beach burrow, a Savings per room, based on double occupancy. To qualify, you must purchase air through AAA. 5,604 feet wide; the fascinating parade depth of the chasm sure to make you varies from 260 to 354 feet. Stay at the smile and one you’ll never forget! 5-star Victoria Falls Hotel, the “grand Next, you’ll air-hop to the “most Engold lady” built in 1904. Take a leisurely lish city outside of England” — Christcruise on the Zambezi at sunset. Then church, New Zealand’s “Garden City.” enjoy a full day — including a safari on Then ride on the Tranz-Alpine Express the back of an elephant! — at Botswathrough the scenic Southern Alps. Exna’s Chobe National Park, home to an perience Franz Josef Glacier Region’s dyabundance of wildlife and game. namic and spectacular glacial landscape. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime travFor even more wows, you can opt for a el opportunity no lover of wildlife and thrilling flightseeing tour of the region. natural scenic beauty should miss. Visit Later, at the West Coast Wildlife Centre, AAA.com/GoAfrica and contact a AAA learn about the endangered kiwi bird. Travel Agent today! “The Lord of the Rings” fans will

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AAA-EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS AT NO EXTRA COST TO YOU! At Knysna lagoon, enjoy oysters & sparkling wine dockside, a paddle boat ride, an onboard local-specialties cooking demonstration and a delicious 3-course dinner! Enjoy a full-day adventure in Botswana’s Chobe National Park, featuring a river cruise and a memorable wildlife-viewing safari from atop the back of an elephant!

Enjoy an entertaining 30-minute ONLINE PRESENTATION on your computer — the first step of your AAA adventure! Ask real-time questions, learn from travel experts and marvel at incredible images. Register at 1-800-354-8761. South Africa — May 29 @ 7pm Australia & NZ — May 15 @ 7pm

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absolutely love the voyage to “Middle Earth.” See primeval, mystical landscapes where Tolkien’s powerful trilogy was filmed; vast panoramas of unspoiled wilderness on South Island made it an ideal setting. Trek by 4x4 Range Rovers into the aptly named Remarkable Mountains and across the Arrow River. Visit an 1800s gold rush boomtown, then enjoy a tasting at one of NZ’s famous wineries. Spend ample time exploring the splendor of Mt Cook National Park. Stop at a working farm for a riveting demonstration by a sheep herding dog followed by a sheep shearing. Afterward, sit down to dinner in the home of a friendly local family, getting to know them and their culture. Fly to Sydney for a unique Epicurean tour, savoring each course in a different restaurant. Extensively tour this fun-loving city; see the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, the Botanic Gardens and fashionable Paddington. After a guided tour of the instantly recognizable Sydney Opera House, enjoy time to explore the city’s many other sites. On your final day, wallabies, kangaroos, dingoes and the namesake “stars” of Koala Park will enchant you, as will the gems of the National Opal Collection. End this Oz-some tour with a farewell dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour! An optional 3-night post-tour stay in Fiji is available — a perfect ending to a perfect journey. Contact AAA Travel!

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND April 24–May 14, 2014 • AAA Member Rate: $9,849 Rate per person (double occupancy), is before savings, is subject to availability at time of booking and includes flights (Cleveland-Sydney, Sydney-Christchurch, ChristchurchCleveland), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, hotel luggage handling (1 bag per person), taxes/gratuities/government fees for included features, 30 meals, professional guide in Australia & New Zealand, cancel-for-any-reason protection and the services of a AAA Tour Manager (if minimum-participation goal is met). AAA Member Choice Vacations® door-to-door transfer service is unavailable on this departure. Visit AAA.com/GoAustralia for complete itinerary and important pre-travel information. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Cairns Rainforest Cableway Great Barrier Reef Uluru/Ayers Rock Alice Springs Aboriginal Dreamtime tour Melbourne

Little Penguin colony Christchurch Tranz-Alpine Express ride Franz Joseph Glacier Queenstown Milford Sound cruise “Middle Earth” 4x4 trek

Winery tour & tasting Mt Cook National Park Herding/shearing demo Dine with a NZ Family Sydney & Opera House Koala Park & Opal Collection Sydney Harbour dinner cruise

AAA-EXCLUSIVE INCLUSION AT NO EXTRA COST TO YOU! In Cairns, at the beginning of your adventure, embrace Australia’s ancient indigenous culture with an evening of entertainment, discovery, delicious cuisine and storytelling that brings Dreamtime legends to life.


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AAA + NCL = The very best way to see the most of Hawaii...and get Aloha Gifts!

It all adds up to a 7-night, 4-island cruise plus 2 nights on Waikiki and a Pearl Harbor excursion!

The formula for a fantastic, fun and free-of-hassles Hawaiian vacation is the simple addition of a 2-night AAA land package and a 7-night NCL cruise! What you get is the convenient, comfortable and unforgettable experience of visiting 4 islands of America’s own slice of paradise over 9 nights, minus the annoyance of repeatedly packing & unpacking, flying from island to island, transferring from hotel to hotel. In fact, it couldn’t be easier. Start with 2 nights on Oahu in Waikiki, Honolulu’s beachfront district known for placid waters, spectacular views of Diamond Head and unlimited opportunities for entertainment, dining, nightlife and shopping. Lounge in luxury at the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa right in the middle of it all! An included 5-hour excursion to Pearl Harbor includes a moving visit to the USS Arizona Memorial. NCL’s Pride of America is a vibrant US-flagged, Americana-themed “floating resort hotel” full of choices to maximize the enjoyment of your cruise. Its friendly American crew is ready to assist you and make sure your cruise is just that — yours. Freestyle Cruising® starts with a wide DAY

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range of dining options included in your cruise price and available on your schedule. Freestyle Dining means sitting down to a 4-course meal and a fine wine...or grabbing a burger hot off the grill. Dressing up. Dressing down. Sitting with friends or making new ones. You’ll find more dining options than days of your cruise, and you’re free to enjoy them all on your own schedule. For even more memorable experiences, cover-charge specialty restaurants provide refined choices; experience a Brazilian churrascaria or a Chicago steakhouse (both new in 2013) or dine on expertly prepared sushi, traditional French bistro or Italian trattoria fare — it's all onboard. And it’s all delicious. The freedom continues with entertainment for all. From Broadway shows to adults-only clubs where you can dance ’til dawn to supervised activities for kids & teens. Pools with slides, WiiTM on 2-story screens, modern fitness centers, expansive spas, fun kids & teens programs, wine tastings, an always exciting casino and more are all waiting for you onboard. When it’s time to recover from the excitement, retreat to accommodations de-

1 .... Arrive Honolulu Airport, transfer to your room at Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa 2 .... Enjoy Waikiki Beach plus a x-hour Pearl Harbor/USS Arizona excursion 3 .... Morning at Waikiki Beach, then transfer in afternoon to ship at Pier 2, Port of Honolulu

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signed for the way you cruise. Bring your sweet dreams to a balcony stateroom, a 2-bedroom family suite or a stylish studio for solo travelers (new in 2013!). There’s a large selection of oceanview & inside staterooms; NCL has a higher percentage of balcony rooms than any other line. After settling into your at-sea digs, get set to visit 3 other Hawaiian isles — Maui, Hawaii (the Big Island) and Kauai. A surplus of natural splendor and the genuine hospitality of its people help to make Maui Hawaii’s second most popular island. Explore the fascinating history of Lahaina. Picnic at a plantation, plant yourself on a pristine beach or play one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses. Hilo is like one giant greenhouse with spectacular tropical flowers at every turn. Visit well-preserved historic buildings, dating to the turn of the 20th century and showcasing Hawaii’s unique architecture. Nearby Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home of the active volcano, Kilauea. Kona offers the quintessential Hawaii experience. Sunny, warm weather and crystal-blue waters entice visitors to partake in a variety of surfside fun. Snorkel

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among a kaleidoscope of tropical marine life, take a surfing lesson, enjoy a kayaking trip or head out for deep-sea fishing. Named after wiliwili trees which once lined its picturesque harbor, Nawiliwili is your gateway to what many believe to be Hawaii’s most beautiful island, Kauai. On the “Garden Island,” nature is truly the star, from the dramatic mountains of Kokee to the cool rain forests of Haena. Looking for the best Hawaiian vacation experience? Just calculate this simple equation: AAA Travel plus NCL equals great times, great value and great gifts!

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AAA MEMBER RATES are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time of booking and include airport/hotel transfers (for flights purchased through NCL), 2 nights at the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Harbor/USS Arizona Memorial excursion, hotel/pier transfers, 7-night cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals, government taxes/fees, port charges and pier/airport transfers (for flights purchased through NCL). Ship’s registry: USA. Ask about available add-on airfare.


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includes 4 nights in a Tuscan villa! The romance of Italy comes to life on this tour. Explore the lakes region your way when you choose between a scenic boat ride on Lake Maggiore or a visit to a local farm for a cheese & wine tasting. Explore the rugged coast and remote fishing villages of the Cinque Terre. Spend 4 relaxing nights in a Tuscan villa. Discover the hilltop town of San Gimignano. Experience medieval life at the Palazzo Davanzati. Visit a winery in the countryside and learn the secrets of Tuscan cuisine. Wander a Florentine food market. Spend 2 wonderful nights in Venice. Explore Lake Orta, one of Italy’s hidden treasures. Travel by boat to your welcome dinner on Isola dei Pescatori. Explore Lucca’s piazzas and medieval streets. These are Italy’s treasures! Special inclusion: A serenaded gondola cruise — with Prosecco! — on Venice’s canals! Experience the benefits of Whisper headsets, designed for better communication between you and your guides. Enjoy regional wines included with every dinner.

Aug 31–Sept 11 AAA Member Rate: $5,710 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Cleveland-Milan, Venice-Cleveland), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations, guided motorcoach sightseeing, entrance fees, 17 meals, inItaly tour director, air & hotel taxes (subject to change) and vendor travel protection. Visit AAA.com/GoItaly for itinerary and more information. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details.

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Skip long admission lines at some of Europe’s must-see sites on “SKIP THE LINE” tours with Pleasant Holidays AAA Travel partner Pleasant Holidays now offers unique “SKIP THE LINE” tours in 3 of Europe’s most popular cities — Rome, Paris and Florence. Choosing these optional tours lets you enjoy priority admission to famous — and often crowded — attractions like the Colosseum in Rome, the Louvre Museum in Paris and the Accademia Gallery in Florence. Forget about waiting for hours — sometimes in hot summer temperatures — and wasting precious vacation time. These really “cool” “SKIP THE LINE” tours let you feel like a VIP at places like Versailles in Paris or the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, among others. “SKIP THE LINE” tours are just some of the many optional tours that the Europe activity experts at Pleasant Holidays offer. In London, for instance, you can opt for the intriguing Jack the Ripper Evening Tour or how about Champagne Tea at Harrod’s? And kids will love the private tours of Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studios. When it comes to vacationing in Europe with Pleasant Holidays, the possibilities are endless. Pleasant Holidays can easily arrange all of your transatlantic and inter-Europe flights, hotel accommodations, transfers, car rentals and an extensive array of in-city tours & activities. And during 2013 you can take advantage of a AAA Member Benefit of $50.00 off each booking! Contact AAA for Pleasant Holidays flights, hotels, car rentals, tours & more.

SAMPLE 5-NIGHT EUROPE CITY VACATION PACKAGES ROME • $1,204 per couple includes hotel accommodations, daily breakfast & 2 tours below

Frascati Wine Tasting: The only tour of its kind in Rome. Visit one of the oldest, most beautiful vineyards in the Frascati region. An expert illustrates local wine-producing methods from antiquity to today. Tour the property and talk about the fascinating history of wine in ancient Rome, followed by a tasting of 3 wines and freshly pressed olive oil. Rome in 1 Day “SKIP THE LINE”: Visit the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum with “Skip the Line” access. Take a lunch break (not included) in the historical center of the city before wandering its picturesque streets & piazzas, seeing Piazza Navona and its Bernini fountain. The guide brings sites to life with stories and myths that make Rome unlike any other city.

PARIS • $1,762 per couple includes hotel accommodations, daily breakfast & 2 tours below

Famous Graves of Paris: A must-see cemetery? Père Lachaise is well worth it; it’s home to 70,000 dead, including some of the world’s most famous artists, writers and musicians. Most know this place for Jim Morrison, but Chopin, Wilde, Piaf and many, many others rest across this magnificent hilltop setting. Meander through the labyrinth of elaborate crypts and overhanging trees. Louvre Museum “SKIP THE LINE”: This all-inclusive small group explores the world-famous collection of paintings, sculpture and architecture with an English-speaking guide. Gaze on some of the world’s most recognizable masterpieces. Seeing all the Louvre has to offer is impossible; this tour makes the most of your time, leading you through the best!

FLORENCE • $2,293 per couple includes hotel accommodations, daily breakfast & 2 tours below Best of Florence “SKIP THE LINE”: This walking tour visits “Porcellino,” Ponte Vecchio, Leather Market and the Duomo. Enjoy artisan gelato. “Skip the Line” at Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s 17-foot “David” and at Uffizi Gallery to see works by Italian Masters; hear stories about artists, architects and patrons. View the city center from a rooftop terrace.

Best of Tuscany in a Day: A guided tour of Siena visits its medieval center, a World Heritage Site, and the Duomo, one of Italy’s most impressive Gothic cathedrals. Visit the estate of Niccolò Machiavelli and the Chianti wine region (lunching in a vineyard). Also tour well-preserved Lucca and take a mini-train in Pisa to the cathedral and the Leaning Tower.

VENICE • $2,037 per couple includes hotel accommodations, daily breakfast & 2 tours below

Best of Venice: On this tour of 10 people maximum, see the best of Venice from water, land and the St Mark’s Basilica terraces. Start on Grand Canal; the city’s main waterway snakes past 50 palaces, 6 churches, 4 bridges and 2 markets. Visit Bovolo staircase, stop by Marco Polo’s house (outside), see lively Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni & Paolo. View mosaics at St Mark’s. Secret Venice by Night: Start at Rialto Bridge. As you stroll, your guide tells stories, myths & legends, giving you a local’s perspective. Pass Peggy Guggenheim’s museum and hear about the patroness who lost her father to the Titanic but gained the means to build one of the world’s most notable art collections. End with an unforgettable 40-minute gondola ride as the sun sets.

LONDON • $2,212 per couple includes hotel accommodations, daily breakfast & 2 tours below

Total London: Begin at the Tower of London before it opens to the public. View the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace & take a panoramic drive featuring the Houses of Parliament, Whitehall, Downing Street and a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. Cruise on the River Thames. Tour St Paul’s Cathedral, including the Whispering Gallery, and take a “flight“ on the London Eye. Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath: Enjoy a sunset viewing of 5,000-year-old Stonehenge, the world’s most popular prehistoric monument. Bath, a World Heritage Site, is a Georgian city with delightful crescents, terraces & architecture; tour its Roman Baths. Visit Lacock, a Saxon village where many dramas (Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice“) were filmed. Dine at George Inn, a pub built in 1361. Rates shown are for July 15-20, 2013, and are subject to availability at time of booking. Other dates/rates available. Ask about available add-on airfare.

THE AMERICAN WEST

Where the sun sets and the fun rises! AAA MEMBER RATES are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, motorcoach sightseeing & admissions as indicated, services of a AAA Tour Manager and more. Ask about available add-on airfare. Visit AAA.com/USA for complete itinerary details.

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK THESE 2! Southwestern Canyonlands

Best of Northern California

Eroded for eons by wind & water, the colorful canyons of Arizona, Utah & Nevada captivate all who visit. See the stunning Red Rocks of Sedona, the magnificence of the Grand Canyon, the backcountry of Monument Valley, the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park and the sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park. Enjoy Grand Canyon National Park lodging, guided tour and IMAX Theater. Take an “adventure cruise” through Antelope/ Navajo Canyon. Visit Lake Powell and spend 2 fun nights in Las Vegas. 11 meals.

Explore San Francisco, the redwoods at Muir Woods, Mediterranean-style Sausalito and the wine country of the Sonoma and Napa valleys (and dine on the Napa Valley Wine Train). Ride Amtrak’s California Zephyr to the scenic shores of Lake Tahoe and cruise its crystal-blue waters aboard a paddlewheeler. Venture to Yosemite National Park, then take the Pacific Coast Highway to Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, 17-Mile Drive, Big Sur, San Simeon (Hearst Castle), Salinas Valley and Silicon Valley. 14 meals.

June 12-20 • $2,725

July 25–Aug 2 • $2,859

American Majesty

Grand Canyon Adventure

Napa Valley & San Francisco

New Mexico Balloon Fiesta

From Salt Lake City to Denver, take in some of America’s favorite landmarks. Visit Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone NP (Old Faithful & Mammoth Hot Springs), Devil’s Tower National Monument, Mt Rushmore National Memorial (evening light ceremony), Ft Laramie National Historic Site and Buffalo Bill Historic Center. Float down the Snake River and ride a Jeep safari in the Black Hills. Hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (schedule permitting). See Crazy Horse Monument. 15 meals, including a chuck wagon dinner.

Luxuriate in Red Rock Country at the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa. Take a Pink Jeep backcountry tour. Ride first class on the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to your national park lodging just a quarter-mile from the South Rim. Visit Glen Canyon Recreational Area and a night at Lake Powell Resort. A tour highlight is your guided half-day float trip on the Colorado River! Motorcoach to the Luxor Hotel on the Strip in Las Vegas. Flirt with Lady Luck, relax by the pool or take in a top-notch show on your free full day in Vegas. 9 meals.

So many delights in one tour — from San Francisco’s endless charms to the natural splendor of the Muir Woods redwoods. Cross Golden Gate Bridge to enjoy 5 vineyards (participate in a “Blend Your Own Merlot” event) and 3 nights at Tuscan-style Vino Bella Resort in Napa. Savor an exquisite 4-course dinner on the Napa Valley Wine Train. With your hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf as your base, tour San Francisco’s famous landmarks, cruise by ferry across the bay and enjoy free time for shopping and exploring. 2 meals.

Explore Albuquerque, the Land of Enchantment’s largest city. At the International Balloon Fiesta, witness the mass ascension of hundreds of balloons. Explore landmarks along Route 66, visit Old Town & its Plaza and tour the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Ride Sandia Peak’s Aerial Tramway and visit an artisanal winery. See the Balloon Fiesta’s evening “Glowdeo” & fireworks. Explore historic Chimayo village, artistic Taos and charming Santa Fe. Take a guided desert wilderness hike with llamas! 14 meals.

Aug 31–Sept 8 • $2,735

Oct 4-10 • $2,195

Oct 7-12 • $1,949

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CALIFORNIA New Yearʼs Getaway including reserved seats for the worldfamous Tournament of Roses Parade!

Dec 29–Jan 3 AAA Member Rate: $3,305 Start in LA, touring historic Farmers Market, glitzy Rodeo Drive and star-studded Hollywood. At the Chinese Theatre (née Grauman’s, then Mann’s), see celebrity signatures immortalized in cement. Follow the bronze medallions studding Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. At Hollywood & Highland, a shopping & entertainment complex housing the new home of Academy Awards extravaganzas, enjoy a great view of the iconic HOLLYWOOD sign from the upper level. Continue to downtown LA if time permits, then relax and get acquainted with your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner at at a bayfront restaurant in Long Beach. Day 2 takes you to Pasadena to see floats in the final stage of parade preparation; watch volunteers & professionals hand-apply flowers. Tour Burbank’s Warner Brothers Studios for a behind-the-scenes look into making films and TV shows; be alert for star sightings! Return to your hotel to relax poolside or enjoy beachside paths for walking, jogging and biking. Dining on your own allows you to explore Long Beach. On Day 3, drive to Simi Valley’s Reagan Presidential Library & Museum, the nation’s largest and most elaborate; see a full-scale Oval Office replica, Air Force One, a re-created White House state dinner and numerous videos & displays. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway through exclusive Malibu to fun & funky Santa Monica; explore its

variety of sights in your free time. Attend an exclusive New Year’s Eve party in Long Beach on the magnificent Queen Mary — a luxurious setting for sophisticated dining, dancing and bidding farewell to 2013 in grand style. Usher in 2014 with a toast from the best seat in Long Beach for a gigantic fireworks display off the ship’s stern! Day 4 finds you in Pasadena, at your reserved seat for the Roses Parade — 60 flower-covered floats, marching bands, equestrians. Stop at Victory Park to view the floats up close. Enjoy lunch in see-&-be-seen West Hollywood, then drive to your all-suite hotel on San Diego’s waterfront. Explore this unique city on Day 5; see Cabrillo Monument atop Point Loma, with commanding views of the Pacific, the harbor and the city skyline. Drive through Mission Bay, continue to Old Town (California’s birthplace) and La Jolla, a chic beachside hideaway where you’ll have time to explore. Established in 1868, Balboa Park is the country’s oldest and one of its largest city parks. Take a guided tour on a doubledecker bus at San Diego Zoo, then board the luxurious Lord Hornblower, designed to resemble the grand steamships that once plied the harbor; enjoy entertainment, dancing and a sit-down dinner while cruising past glittering harbor lights under radiant stars in the sky before debarking at the Embarcadero. All too soon, fly home on Day 6.

Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Cleveland– Los Angeles, San Diego–Cleveland), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, hotel luggage handling (1 per person), 10 meals (including 2 dinner cruises), 2 cocktail parties, reserved parade seat, taxes/gratuities on included items, local tour manager and services of a AAA Tour Manager (if participation goal is met).

Even more than a cruise hugging its spectacular shoreline, a comprehensive land journey into the heart of Alaska’s awe-inspiring interior can deepen your understanding and enrich your overall experience of our 49th state. AAA’s July 8-17 Alaska by Land 9-night adventure starts in Fairbanks. An Italian immigrant’s 1902 gold strike coincided with the building of a trading post on the banks of the Chena River — and the Gold Rush to Fairbanks was on! This “Golden Heart City” pulsed once again as a boomtown in the early 1970s during construction of the 800-milelong Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Learn how the Gold Rush affected Alaska’s interior on a tour that includes a visit to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks Museum. Enjoy shopping, walking or dining on your own downtown. Cruise on a sternwheeler to experience the thrill of river travel. Enjoy a salmon bake dinner at Pioneer Park; savor salmon, prime rib and Bering Sea cod and all the fixings. Then fly above it all on an Arctic Circle air adventure! This thrilling 4-hour tour soars over the Brooks Range and crosses the Arctic Circle; the narrated adventure includes a visit to Wiseman and views of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and Yukon River. Motorcoach to Denali National Park to explore at your leisure or participate in a park service activity. Then enjoy the Denali Education Center’s “Welcome to the Subarctic” talk at Sheldon Center; learn about Denali from the ground up before overnighting in the park and touring it some more the next day. Travel deep into Denali on a full-day Tundra Wilderness Tour, looking for grizzly, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and more; get insights into this vast park’s flora & fauna. Travel to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city; tour its historic downtown and visit the kennel & home of a 4-time Iditarod Sled Dog Race winner, and learn about the art of mushing dogs. Visit the Native Heritage Center, a gathering place celebrating, perpetuating and sharing Native cultures. Dine in the center’s Athabascan House. Motorcoach to coastal Seward, keeping an eye out along scenic Turnagain Arm for Dall sheep, moose, bear and eagle. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage Valley to see critters up close. Tour along scenic Seward Highway to Begich Boggs Visitor Center; enjoy an award-winning movie, “Voices from the Ice.” Explore Seward on your own; the coastal town is known for scenic views and as gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Transfer to Cooper Landing for a 2-hour scenic float on the Kenai River. Drift through Chugach National Forest and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. At Girdwood, ride the Alyeska Tram from sea level to 2,300 feet. An observation deck provides breathtaking views of majestic mountains, hanging glaciers and often an array of wildlife. Descend and explore Girdwood on your own. Enjoy a farewell seafood buffet dinner.

July 8-17 • AAA Member Rate: $5,399 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Cleveland-Fairbanks, Anchorage-Cleveland), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, 9-night accommodations, motorcoach sightseeing, 16 meals, in-Alaska local guide, services of a AAA Tour Manager (if participation goal is met), Arctic Circle air adventure (small aircraft; group will be staggered; departure is weather-dependent) & more. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit AAA.com/Alaska for itinerary details.


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On your own but never alone This year, the people of Ireland are hosting an unprecedented year-long celebration of everything that is unique & great about Ireland. It’s called The Gathering. Communities, villages and towns are organizing gatherings, festivals and events to welcome visitors. With the focus on Ireland’s vibrant living culture, heritage and people, it’s a chance to experience Ireland like never before. • Bunratty Folk Park • Medieval banquet in a 15th-century castle • Cliffs of Moher • Flying Boat Museum • Killarney National Park, including Muckross House • Ring of Kerry drive, including the Skellig Experience & Moll’s Gap • Waterford Crystal tour • Russborough House mansion • Dinner & song at a real pub • Dublin: city tour & free time ...AND MUCH MORE!

Oct 13-20 • AAA Member Rate: $1,399 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, guided motorcoach sightseeing, entrance fees, 11 meals (including Bunratty Castle medieval banquet/entertainment & Merry Ploughboy pub dinner/entertainment), in-Ireland tour director, hotel luggage handling (1 piece per person), hotel taxes & service charges. Ask about available add-on airfare. Visit AAA.com/GoIreland for itinerary and more information.

You want to travel to Europe, but you don’t care to be with an organized tour group. And yet you’d like the convenience & value of pre-arranged elements (like hotels, sightseeing, intercity rail/ferry transporation and airport transfers) at lower-than-market rates only a travel industry power-buyer can offer. AAA Vacations® answers the call! If you prefer a flexible vacation with limited structure, pre-packaged Independent Vacations from AAA Vacations® are the perfect solution for you. Choose from more than 20 exciting vacation combinations, all offering a choice of trip and hotel standard. In addition, you’ll have 24/7 access to a local host in each city. These hosts know the “lay of the land” and can provide advice and answer any qestions for you throughout your trip. With guaranteed daily departures, you can travel any day you wish. Your package will include private roundtrip airport/hotel transfers and a choice of 4- or 5-star centrally located hotels in each city, including hotel taxes and service charges. You even get breakfast daily! Also included is rail transportation with reserved seats between each city

(standard class on 4-star-hotel option or first class on 5-star-hotel option). If you travel between islands in the Mediterranean, your ferry transportation is also included. Of course, a city sightseeing tour in your featured city(ies) is included. AAA members enjoy a wide range of helpful services & money-saving benefits, including 24/7 Member Care, a Best Price Guarantee and a $40 per person dining credit redeemable at select restaurants popular with locals. And don’t forget the AAA Member Benefit of $40 per person off packages totaling $2,000 or more per person. Here’s a sample of some 5-day vacations (other day-lengths available): Dublin & Killarney — from $1,109 London & Paris — from $1,275 Rome & Venice — from $944 Barcelona & Madrid — from $1,007 Prague & Budapest — from $835 Self-drive Ireland vacations featuring bed & breakfasts, hotels, castles & manor stays are also available; contact a AAA Travel Agent! Rates are per person double occupancy, land only. Restrictions apply to the AAA Vacations® 24/7 Member Care and Best Price Guarantee.

Princess Cruises & AAA Vacations offer some of the best values at sea & great benefits unavailable elsewhere! ®

Preferred Check-in does not grant priority boarding

Up to $75 Onboard Credit per stateroom

Wine Tasting

Edinburgh: welcome drink & dinner • Spean Bridge Woolen Mill • Loch Ness cruise • Scottish Highland evening • Culloden Battlefield • Whisky tasting/tour at Blair Athol Distillery • Edinburgh Castle & city tour • Ferry to Northern Ireland • Belfast: city tour, Titanic Center • Dublin: city tour, Book of Kells, canal dinner cruise with live music • Rock of Cashel • Blarney: Castle & Woolen Mills • Killarney: national park “jaunting car” ride • Ring of Kerry • The Skellig Experience • Sneem • Moll’s Gap • River Shannon ferry • Cliffs of Moher (pictured) • Bunratty Castle medieval banquet • AND MUCH MORE!

Nov 2-12 • AAA Member Rate: $1,698 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, guided motorcoach sightseeing, entrance fees, 16 meals (including medieval banquet, canal dinner cruise), in-Ireland tour director, hotel luggage handling (1 piece per person), hotel taxes & service charges. Ask about available add-on airfare. Visit AAA.com/GoIreland for itinerary and more information.

PROGRAMS OPERATED BY CIE TOURS INTERNATIONAL

DATE

NTS

SHIP

7/7

7

Golden

Alaska Inside Passage: Roundtrip from Seattle

7/22 7

Island

Alaska Northbound: Vancouver to Whittier

8/4

Golden

Alaska Inside Passage: Roundtrip from Seattle

7

ITINERARY

8/18 10

Grand

Alaska: Roundtrip from San Francisco

8/19 7

Island

Alaska Northbound: Vancouver to Whittier

9/7

Diamond

Alaska Southbound: Whittier to Vancouver

9/15 7

Golden

Alaska Inside Passage: Roundtrip from Seattle

10/24 11

Coral

Panama Canal: Roundtrip from Ft Lauderdale

11/10 15

Grand

Hawaii: Roundtrip from San Francisco

11/14 15

Island

Panama Canal: Los Angeles to Ft Lauderdale

11/19 10

Emerald

Southern Caribbean: Roundtrip from Ft Lauderdale

7

12/5 15

Star

Hawaii: Roundtrip from Los Angeles

12/9 10

Emerald

Southern Caribbean: Roundtrip from Ft Lauderdale

12/15 7

Royal

Eastern Caribbean: Roundtrip from Ft Lauderdale

12/15 7

Sapphire

Mexico: Roundtrip from Los Angeles

New bookings only. Offers listed available only on AAA Vacations departures. Combinable with exclusive AAA Member Benefits; ask your AAA Travel Agent or visit AAA.com/travel for details & restrictions. ®

Enjoy 2 valuable benefits EXCLUSIVELY for members BEST-PRICE GUARANTEE

If you find a better rate for the exact same cruise itinerary & experience within 24 hours of booking, AAA Vacations ® will match the lower rate...and you’ll receive a $50.00 future-travel credit certificate.

24 / 7 MEMBER CARE

Get peace of mind whenever you need emergency assistance while traveling — a toll-free domestic number and collect-call instructions for international travelers.

A special kind of cruise stands apart from all others — a AAA Vacations ® cruise available only from AAA Travel. It delivers unique features designed to ensure you have the best vacation experience. Compare a AAA Vacations ® cruise against the same cruise offered elsewhere; see how much more your vacation dollar gets you at AAA. Even if you find the same cruise (without AAA Vacations ® benefits, of course!) at a lower price some-where else within 24 hours of booking your AAA Vacations ® cruise, AAA will match that rate and give you a $50.00 future-travel voucher... guaranteed!


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CONVENIENT CRUISING FROM CLEVELAND Avoid potential hassles at the airport. Instead, motorcoach to your cruise! Park for free at a pick-up point, then relax & ride AAA’s convenient “Cruise Express” motorcoach to Baltimore’s pier to board Grandeur of the Seas!

2013 BAHAMAS July 19-26 • from $1,225

2014 CARIBBEAN March 8-18 • from $1,199

Get a great seat in the...

Port Canaveral, Florida CocoCay, Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas 3 full days at sea

Cozumel, Mexico Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Falmouth, Jamaica; Labadee, Haiti 5 full days at sea

FAN CAVE SUITE!

2013 NEW ENGLAND & CANADA Oct 17-25 • from $1,130

2014 BAHAMAS July 11-18 • from $1,297

Portland & Bar Harbor, Maine Saint John, New Brunswick Halifax, Nova Scotia 3 full days at sea

Port Canaveral, Florida CocoCay, Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas 3 full days at sea

JULY 6 • 4:05pm Indians vs Tigers

2014 CARIBBEAN Jan 21-31 • from $1,081

San Juan, Puerto Rico Tortola, British Virgin Islands Charlotte Amelie, St Thomas USVI Philipsburg, St Maarten 5 full days at sea AAA MEMBER RATES are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip motorcoach transportation, cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals and government fees. Ship’s registry: Bahamas. Visit AAA.com/motorcruise for itinerary details & pick-up points.

2014 BERMUDA Aug 29–Sept 4 • from $1,030 King’s Wharf, Bermuda 2 full days at sea

2014 NEW ENGLAND & CANADA Oct 2-10 • from $1,169 Portland & Bar Harbor, Maine Saint John, New Brunswick Halifax, Nova Scotia 3 full days at sea

FOOD & DRINKS INCLUDED POOL TABLE • FLAT-SCREEN TV BATTING PRACTICE VIEWING * MEET & GREET WITH AN INDIANS ALUMNUS

$119 PER PERSON

HURRY! TICKETS LIMITED! *WEATHER PERMITTING


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ALLIANCE ........................ 330-821-2323 ASHLAND ........................ 419-289-2222 ASHTABULA ..................... 440-998-1008 BOARDMAN ..................... 330-726-0622 ELYRIA ............................ 440-324-2090 INDEPENDENCE ............... 216-606-6080 LYNDHURST ..................... 440-473-0747 MASSILLON ..................... 330-833-1084

AAA Featured Vacations

MENTOR .......................... 440-205-9090 NEW PHILADELPHIA......... 330-343-4481 NILES .............................. 330-652-6466 NORWALK........................ 419-668-1622 RAVENNA ........................ 330-296-3406 SOLON ............................ 440-248-1808 STRONGSVILLE ................ 440-783-3396 WESTLAKE ....................... 440-788-3103

are specific cruise, motorcoach or air tour vacations created or selected by AAA Travel for their value, amenities and/or inclusions.

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GENERAL TRAVEL DISCLAIMER: AAA Travel Agency makes every effort to provide accurate, up-to-date prices as of press time and cannot assume responsibility for typographic errors. Rates/offers are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise indicated, and are subject to availability and airline/operator changes. International rates/offers are subject to currency fluctuations and additional tax & security charges. Rates that include airfare include all taxes, government fees and surcharges. Additional restrictions may apply. Rates/offers are available at all AAA East Central travel agency locations. For tour details, contact AAA or visit AAA.com/travel. AAA Featured Vacations are specially priced, unique departures; therefore, tour operators, cruise lines and other travel providers often exclude them from additional discounts or specials they offer. AAA Featured Vacations include services provided by third-party tour destination service companies; see your AAA Travel Agent for details. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for more details or visit the air carrier’s website for baggage allowance and fee information.

LEAVE YOUR CAR AT HOME!

Look for the AAA Featured Vacations logo to identify out-of-the-ordinary offerings.

Rates are per person, are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip motorcoach transportation from the Cleveland area, accommodations (for multiday tours, based on double occupancy), sightseeing/admissions, taxes/gratuities for included features, baggage handling (for multiday tours), meals as indicated and the services of a AAA Tour Manager. Visit AAA.com/USA for complete itinerary details and pick-up points.

BOSTON POPS ON CAPE COD

FRENCH TOAST TOUR: Montréal & Québec

See New England at its best on this excursion to Cape Cod. Hear the fabulous Boston Pops Orchestra, marvel as you watch a humpback whale broaching and take in the beauty of Cape and Martha’s Vineyard. Includes Boston city tour, Cape Cod tour, 1 reserved seat at “Pops by the Sea” concert, Martha’s Vineyard tour (with roundtrip ferry), whale watching cruise, Heritage Plantation, Plymouth waterfront, 9 meals (including traditional lobster bake) & more.

Tour the Canadian province of Québec: Explore the only walled city in North America, visit Notre-Dame Basilica and experience the region’s French culture and cuisine. Includes Thousand Islands cruise, tours of Québec City & Montréal, Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica, Montmorency Falls, Marie’s Bread Oven, Woodcarver’s Museum, Notre-Dame Basilica, 9 meals & more. Passport required.

Aug 8-13

AAA Member Rate: $1,229

NEW YORK STATE RAIL & SAIL Aug 26-30

AAA Member Rate: $1,069

Enjoy 2 train rides and 3 cruises on this exploration of scenic northern New York. Start in the Thousand Islands/St Lawrence River area, tour the dense woods of the Central Adirondacks and wind up at 32-mile-long Lake George. Includes boat ride to Boldt Castle & Heart Island, Amtrak’s Maple Leaf (train from Syracuse to Albany), “Railroads on Parade” exhibit, North Creek Depot Museum, train through the Central Adirondacks (North Creek to Saratoga), Saratoga Springs tour, Turning Stone Casino, 9 meals (including Thousand Islands dinner cruise and Lake George luncheon cruise) & more.

WASHINGTON DC Sept 5-8

Oct 7-11

FALLINGWATER FOLIAGE Oct 12-13

AAA Member Rate: $1,189

AAA Member Rate: $319

Frank Lloyd Wright’s progressive architecture is combined with the spectacular beauty of Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands on this fall weekend. Includes tours of 2 Frank Lloyd Wright homes (Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob), accommodations, 4 meals & more.

DATE

AAA MEMBER RATE

July 1 .................3 RIVERS CRUISE: Pittsburgh PA ................$89

Luncheon cruise with music by jazz guitarist Tony Janflone. 3 hours at Rivers Casino.

AAA Member Rate: $659

July 6 ............... HARTVILLE HOLIDAY: Hartville OH ..............$70

Bring a camera to capture DC’s most memorable sights. A full-day tour features many of the national capital’s most interesting and historic attractions. Includes full-day DC sightseeing, half-day Arlington tour, illuminated monuments tour, Flight 93 Memorial (Shanksville PA), 5 meals & more.

July 20 .............WRIGHT SUMMER TOUR: Acme PA ............$102

MACKINAC ISLAND & THE UPPER PENINSULA MI Sept 23-27

AAA Member Rate: $839

Explore the beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, see the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi and visit a charming island where time stands still. Includes ferry to Mackinac Island, carriage tour, Tahquamenon Falls, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Soo Locks cruise, Soaring Eagle Casino, Frankenmuth, 7 meals (including lunch at the famous Grand Hotel) & more.

MUSIC & RAILROADS OF WEST VIRGINIA Sept 30–Oct 2

AAA Member Rate: $539

Ride through the “wild & wonderful” Mountain State on the Cheat Mountain Salamander scenic train. Visit the National Radio Astronomy Observatory; see one of the world’s largest telescopes. Attend shows at the American Mountain Theater and the Gandy Dancer Dinner Theatre. Enjoy “Bluegrass with a Twist” dinner show. Includes Blackwater Falls visit, 5 meals, entertainment & more.

Hartville Marketplace. Hartville Kitchen. Harry London’s Chocolates.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Duncan House. 2 Wright apprentice-designed homes.

July 26 ...............3 RIVERS CRUISE: Pittsburgh PA ................$89 Luncheon cruise with musical tribute to Patsy Cline. 3 hours at Rivers Casino.

Aug 10........ TARA & GROVE CITY OUTLETS: Clark PA..........$78 Lunch & tour of Tara–A Country Inn. Daffin’s Candies. Premium Outlets.

Aug 16...............3 RIVERS CRUISE: Pittsburgh PA ................$89 Luncheon cruise with musical tribute to Neil Diamond. 3 hours at Rivers Casino.

Aug 24.......GRAND CANYON OF THE EAST: Castile NY ......$117 Letchworth State Park tour. Letchworth Museum. Lunch at Glen Iris Inn.

Sept 7 .............. NIAGARA FALLS: Ontario, Canada.............$119 Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Sightseeing. Passport or passport card required.

Sept 21 ..............COVERED BRIDGES: Geneva OH ................$85 Guided tour of bridges. Grand River Cellars Winery. Robinson’s Apple Barn.

Sept 28 ................OHIO AMISH: Holmes County ..................$83 Buggy ride. Schrock’s Amish Farm. Der Dutchman. Heini’s Cheese. Amish Flea Market.


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AAA MASSILLON Motorcoach Tours

LEAVE YOUR CAR AT HOME!

Rates are per person, are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip deluxe motorcoach transportation, accommodations (for multiday tours, based on double occupancy), sightseeing/admissions, taxes/gratuities for included features, baggage handling (for multiday tours), meals as indicated and services of a AAA Tour Manager. Visit AAA.com/USA for complete itinerary details and pick-up points (from the Massillon, New Philadelphia and/or Alliance areas, depending on tour).

“Book of Mormon”

Shipwrecks & Shorelines

Cleveland OH: Palace Theater

July 2 (7:30pm)

AAA Member Rate: $119

See the hit show everyone’s talking about! Dine on your own in the Theater District, pack a picnic dinner or order one for purchase the evening of the show.

Disney’s “The Lion King”

Cleveland OH: State Theater at PlayhouseSquare

July 30 (evening) Aug 1 (matinee)

AAA Member Rate: from $124 AAA Member Rate: from $112

One of America’s best-loved musicals returns! Marvel at the imaginative spectacle of humans-as-animals, vibrant rhythms and the unforgettable music of Elton John. Let your imagination run wild at this Tony Award–winning Broadway sensation. Pay in full at time of booking OR deposit $25 on this & any 2 other AAA theater packages and make your final payment at a later date. 1 meal.

Arts Festival Ann Arbor MI

July 18

AAA Member Rate: $102

Artists from nearly every state participate in this 54-year-old show that boasts a diversity of mediums and an atmosphere that appeals to casual art appreciators and serious collectors alike. Four fairs on the University of Michigan campus feature unique individuals who imagine, plan and create curious, beautiful and amazing works of art. You’ll be on your own to linger where you choose for as long as you like. 2 meals.

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Mackinac Island MI

Aug 20-23

AAA Member Rate: from $759

More than just Michigan’s charming Mackinac Island, this intriguing and unique getaway includes a glass-bottom-boat shipwreck tour, a visit to a National Marine Sanctuary, a search for treasure and time to relax. Wind up summer with a new learning experience, lake breezes and the timeless beauty of the Great Lakes region. Also enjoy lunch on your own at the famous Tony Packo diner in Toledo OH, a night in Bay City MI, a horse-drawn carriage ride and Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island and Edsel Ford's estate in Grosse Pointe Shores MI. 6 meals.

“Country Living” Fair

Sept 13

AAA Member Rate: $117

Meet the contributors that make Country Living magazine such a huge success! Pick up ideas on festive table decorating, country color and room style designs. Makeover and inspiration are what this fair is all about. You’ll also have time to hop in to the Ohio Historical Society and enjoy the exhibitions. And, as guests of the Historical Society, our group will have special consideration midday which will allow a private air-conditioned room where we can sit down, relax and rejuvenate ourselves for the remainder of the afternoon. We’ll even provide a boxed lunch to carry you through the day. This trip was a sellout last year and guarantees to be again this year! The crowds were so large that we’ve added the Early Bird option and start our shopping BEFORE the general public! 2 meals.

Sept 20

The Next $2 Treasure Tour

AAA Member Rate: $87

So many places to visit! So many articles to explore! Last year, this tour was so popular and sold out so fast that we’re at it again with a new destination. Come with a sense of adventure and your best bargain hunting skills. Visit thrift stores, consignment shops and unique boutiques that you may not know exist. Or maybe you’re already savings-savvy and can teach the rest of us a thing or two! We provide a $2 bill for you to spend on your best find. Prizes will be awarded for several categories of shopping successes. And, if something catches your eye that is more than $2, fill your provided shopping bag with all the treasures you care to purchase.Truly a shop-and-never-drop type of tour. List of shops will be available to passengers prior to departure – that’s part of the mystery! HINT: this 1-day shopping tour is heading to the northeast. 1 meal.

Washington DC, Manassas & Quantico Sept 30–Oct 4

AAA Member Rate: from $859

Here’s a unique opportunity to enjoy the patriotic sites you expect to see in our nation’s capital PLUS lesser-known, less-visited but fascinating gems in next-door Virginia — Manassas’s Civil War Battlefield, Quantico’s National Cemetery & National Museum of the Marine Corps and Occoquan’s quaint riverfront on the Potomac as well as the outlets at Potomac Mills. 8 meals.


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s a AAA basic member, you enjoy countless valuable benefits — from roadside assistance to travel services, member discounts, and access to financial and insurance services. And there’s more! When you sign up for AAA Plus membership, you’re eligible for all of the benefits of basic membership, plus enhanced and extended services, including:

n Up to 100 miles of free towing n Free emergency fuel n Up to $100 emergency locksmith services n Extended extrication service

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Go riding the rails around Colorado Taking the high road in the Centennial State

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ed is the color that gives Colorado its stately splendor. Even the name Colorado comes from the Spanish term for the ruddy tones of the native sandstone. Located just outside Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods is home to some of the most uniquely beautiful sandstone rock formations in the country. Set against the backdrop of Pike’s Peak these solemn red giants include the Tower of Babel and the Kissing Camels. The Pikes Peak Cog Railway — the world’s highest cog train — has transported visitors to the rocky pinnacle since 1891. Katherine Lee Bates wrote the lyrics to “America the Beautiful” in 1893, after being inspired by the scenery, which includes otherworldly rock formations, dense stands of aspen and the peaks of the Continental Divide. Colorado is filled with Rocky Mountain highs. The Royal Gorge Bridge — the world’s highest suspension bridge — hovers 955-feet above the Arkansas River. Just below the bridge America’s steepest incline railway slides 1,500 feet down to the canyon floor. Riding inside tiny cages, big enough for just two people, the incline descends at a seemingly impossible 45-degree angle for the 6-minute trip down to the roaring Arkansas River. Hidden away in a little-known corner of the southern Rocky Mountains

Traveling through the breathtaking canyons of San Juan National Forest the steam train takes 3.5 hours to complete the 45-mile route to the former mining town of Silverton. The National Historic Landmark features a Victorian-era downtown, filled with fine, Italianate-style storefronts, or visitors can go underground at the Old Hundred Gold Mine. The Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. Towering multi-hued monoliths erupt from rock layers that are nearly two billion years old. The canyons are etched deep into sandstone, while pinion pines and junipers crown the high desert plateau and enormous rock towers.

THE SCENIC ROUTE — The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been in continuous operation for nearly 125 years. the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is almost unchanged since the day the first whistle blew back in 1880. An authentic artifact of the Old West the railway remains a spectacular example of mountain railroading. Clinging to the sheer rock faces, the 7-hour, 64-mile journey ascends 10,015-foot-high Cumbres Pass. The train snakes carefully along a narrow ledge and from here the view is straight down. Later the hills begin to soften and

the grassy hills flatten into a broad plain as the steam locomotive chugs into Antonito, Colorado. Durango’s mountain location may only be matched by its colorful past. Visitors can ride historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which has been in continuous operation for nearly 125-years. Once used to haul gold and silver the open gondola cars now offer vertigo-inducing views along a dizzying series of switchbacks.

RIDING THE RAILS

AAA’s Railing Around Colorado Rail Tour features some of the world’s great rail journeys and the spectacular scenery of the Rocky Mountain State. The September 14-21, 2013 escorted tour includes chartered motorcoach transportation, 7-night accommodations and services of a AAA Tour Manager. Please ask about add-on airfare from your departure city. FOR MORE INFORMATION

See this issue’s Departures Guide or log on to AAA.com/USA for special values on great adventures in the American West.


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Discovering the romance of riverside America Big wheel keeps on turning on the American Queen

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rowing up in the 1840s, Mark Twain fell in love with the Mississippi River and the steamboats that were its floating palaces. Today, steamboating and the sheer adventure of what Huck Finn called “lighting out for the Territory” might seem like a time capsule from a bygone era, but you can still experience riverside America the way Twain did — aboard the American Queen. The largest steamboat ever built is rolling on the river again. The whistle blows, a calliope plays, the big wheel keeps on turning in a thrilling blend of Americana, acclaimed cuisine, and showboat-style entertainment. The $65-million showcase of Victorian splendor features six delicately filigreed decks and 222 staterooms and suites. Handsomely appointed public rooms are furnished in polished hardwoods, fine antiques and gleaming brass details. The elegant J.M. White Dining Room features floor to ceiling windows topped with stained glass, and menus designed by culinary superstar Regina Charboneau. A two-story Grand Saloon reflects the opulence of a Gilded Age Opera House with private box seats on the mezzanine. On deck, settle into a rocker on the Front Porch of America and watch a continent go by. From the wild rice marshes of Minnesota to Louisiana bayous,

steep bluffs, wooded islands and hilly, leaf-mottled landscapes. Enjoy daily lectures by a Riverlorian, or shore excursions that offer an in-depth immersion into the history, culture and cuisine of America’s heartland. By any measure, the Ohio is a mighty river coursing nearly 1,000 miles. American Queen brings the Ohio River to life sailing through brawny industrial cities and pastoral towns. American Queen sails between St. Louis and Cincinnati and Cincinnati and Pittsburgh with a pair of cruises that travel between Memphis, Chattanooga and St. Louis. Here too are the great Wilderness Rivers coursing through Bluegrass country, conjuring up tales of Davy Crockett, and Daniel Boone.

FIT FOR A QUEEN — American Queen is the largest steamboat in the world. American Queen transits the Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee rivers. Lower Mississippi itineraries include New Orleans roundtrips and New Orleans to Memphis, where guests will be immersed in the hospitality of the Old South. Here legends gather like driftwood with tales of brawling keelboat men, daring river pilots and wily gamblers. Fertile fields wrap around whitecolumned mansions, and lightning bugs glow in the warm midsummer nights. Special Southern Culture theme cruis-

es will let you soak up the Delta Blues in Helena, Arkansas; learn about the siege of Vicksburg in Vicksburg, Mississippi; visit the beautiful plantation homes in Natchez, and St. Francisville, and sample plenty of Southern cooking. Upper Mississippi cruises travel between Minneapolis/St. Paul and St. Louis, with special theme cruises like Lewis and Clark, and Fall Foliage. Autumn drapes the riverbanks in a coat of crimson, orange and gold. You’ll pass by serene villages perched on

IF YOU GO

American Queen is operated by Great American Steamboat Company, which invested more than $5 million to update the vessel. Amenities include a one-night luxury hotel stay and transfers before or after your voyage, and complimentary wines and beers with dinner. All shore excursions are included in the fare. FOR MORE INFORMATION

See the Departures section or visit the AAA Travel Agency for exclusive offers for AAA members on cruises.

Nation’s infrastructure gets a D+ Grade Point Average AAA agrees with engineers: Roads and bridges needs work

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he American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently issued its 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, which is a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s infrastructure across 16 sectors, including roads, bridges and transit systems. Updated every four years, the Report Card uses a simple A to F school report card format to provide a comprehensive assessment of current infrastructure conditions and needs, by assigning grades. This year’s Report Card found

that America’s grade for infrastructure rose slightly to a “D+” from a “D” in 2009. Of importance to AAA members, roads saw a slight improvement to a “D” up from a “D-” four years ago, bridges improved to a grade of “C+” from a “C” last time and transit systems remained at a “D.” The Report Card also contains statespecific reports that have individual conditions and needs numbers for each state. Since 1998, the grades have been near failing, averaging only Ds, due to delayed maintenance and under invest-

ment across most categories. “The good news for drivers is that the condition of the nation’s roads and bridges has improved slightly since the last report card was issued. The bad news is grades like these aren’t going to get us where we need to go in terms of safety or mobility,” said Brian Newbacher, director of public affairs for AAA East Central. Key trends cited in the report as contributing to the improvements on roads and bridges include: • Renewed efforts in cities and states, to address deficiencies; • Expanded private sector investment in upgrades and adding capacity to the system; • Short-term boosts (since previous 2009 report) like the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, Recovery Act or Stimulus Bill). Other findings from the report of interest regarding roads, bridges and transit include: • One third of the nation’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition, costing motorists $324 each per year in additional repair costs; • One out of 4 (151,497) of the nation’s bridges are deficient and one in 9 (66,749) of the nation’s bridges are structurally deficient;

• ASCE estimates there is a $112 billion investment gap per year for roads, bridges and transit to keep up with needs; • Average age of bridges is 42 years; • Forty-two percent of major urban highways are congested; congestion costs over $100 billion annually; • There has been a 9.1 percent increase in transit riders over the past decade; • Forty-five percent of Americans lack access to transit and the economy lost $90 billion in 2010 due to deficient transit systems. “AAA encourages Congress to take the lead, work toward a long term funding solution and ensure the American public understands the importance of investing in our transportation system before we fall further behind,” Newbacher added.

GRADING THE SYSTEM

An Advisory Council of leading civil engineers appointed by ASCE assigns the grades according to the following eight criteria: capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation. The Report Card is available online at www.infrastructurereportcard.org.


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Permitted left turns putting pedestrians at risk Drivers tend to focus most of their attention on the road

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new study by Oregon State University has identified what researchers call an “alarming” level of risk to pedestrians crossing the street during “permitted” left turns. As opposed to a “protected” left turn, where an advanced signal gives drivers right of way in a left-turn lane, during a “permitted” left turn they have to yield to the opposing through traffic. It’s a difficult driving maneuver and motorists may have to pick their way through narrow windows of oncoming traffic. It’s also fraught with peril for unwary pedestrians, who often appear to be an afterthought. The danger is much higher than had been realized, experts say. “There are far more pedestrian crashes in marked crosswalks than anywhere else on roads, and pedestrians already have a false sense of security,” said David Hurwitz, an assistant professor of transportation engineering at Oregon State University. “This study found that one key concern is permitted left turns.” As they wait to turn left, drivers tend to focus most of their attention on the vehicular traffic and the traffic signal, rather than any pedestrians crossing the street, the research showed. The heavier the traffic, the less attention paid to pedestrians. Adding to the stress the driver in the first turning vehicle is often pressured to proceed by vehicles honking their horns from behind.

mitted” left turn signals that vary widely, from state to state. These include a circular green light, a flashing circular yellow light, a flashing circular red light, or even a flashing yellow arrow. More consistent national standards were recommended as recently as 2009, but the process of upgrading signals across the nation takes time. “In traffic management you always have multiple goals, which sometimes conflict,” Hurwitz said. “You want to move traffic as efficiently as possible, because there’s a cost to making vehicles wait. You use more fuel, increase emissions and waste people’s time. The permitted left turn can help with efficiency, but the safety of the traveling public is also critical,” he said. “Sometimes the goal of safety has to override the goal of efficiency.”

FOOT TRAFFIC — The dangers of walking near busy roads are often overlooked. This study was conducted with 27 subjects experiencing 620 permitted left turn maneuvers. OSU operates a sophisticated driving simulator research facility, which allows test subjects to see, experience and react to realistic driving experiences while scientists study their reactions and behavior. The engineers found that about one

Active High Beam Control offers drivers a bright future

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pproximately 90% of information used in driving is obtained visually and almost one in three drivers reports difficulty seeing when driving at night. High beams significantly improve visibility, but can play havoc with your night vision. They can dazzle drivers in other vehicles when they are in front or behind you — a phenomena known as “flash blindness. Other contributing factors include an aging population more susceptible to glare. Now Volvo wants to make driving at night safer and more comfortable with innovative, permanent high beam headlights. The system, which Volvo calls Active High Beam Control, debuted on 2014 Volvo 60 series vehicles at the Geneva Auto Show in March. The system utilizes a camera mounted between the inside rearview mirror and the windshield, and an ingenious active shutter mechanism to allow full-time high beam headlamp operation. “Our aim with Active High Beam Control is to enhance visibility in the dark by making it possible to use high beams permanently,” says Prof. Lotta Jakobsson, Senior Technical Specialist Safety at Volvo Cars Safety Centre. The technology offers both improved visibility for the driver along with

reduced glare for vehicles sharing the roadway. When an oncoming car approaches or you catch up with another vehicle from behind, the active shutter system reduces headlight glare to less than it would be present if driving with properly aimed low beam headlamps, while still allowing drivers to see animals, pedestrians or other objects on the roadside. Active High Beam Control, which features Xenon lamps, uses the same camera as the vehicle’s auto braking system to identify other vehicles and the area that needs to be shaded. The technology is accurate enough to frame the chosen object with only a 1.5° margin of error, and is effective with vehicles as small as motorcycles The control unit relays the information to a projector module mechanism integrated into the headlamp and fitted with different sized metallic shutters to shade just as much of the beam as necessary. The technology is active at speeds down to 9 mph Volvo will introduce the system next year in European 60 series models, but still faces several regulatory hurdles before it can arrive in North America. Current federal regulations require that vehicles have separate high and low beam settings.

time in 10 or 20, the driver didn’t even look to see if a pedestrian was there before moving into the intersection. This suggests a major level of risk to pedestrians, researchers said, if they assume that drivers not only will look for them, but will allow them to cross the street. The problem is exacerbated by “per-

PEDESTRIANS IN PERIL

According to the Traffic Safety Coalition, nearly two-thirds of those killed in intersections crashes are not in the motor vehicle. They are pedestrians, bicyclists and innocent bystanders. FOR MORE INFORMATION

Visit AAA.com for information on all things automotive including tips on buying, operating and maintaining a vehicle.

Want to drive longer, safer & better?

Safe Driving for Mature Operators May 21 & 23, 2013 AAA Massillon, 1972 Wales Road NE, Massillon, Ohio • Adjust your car to better fit you! • Make better decisions behind the wheel! • Become more confident & relaxed! • Learn new driving laws & signs! • The safety devices on your car you don’t know about! Two Day Class: 10:00 a.m. to noon & 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. $10.00 for AAA members • $15.00 for non-AAA members

Call 330.833.1084 to register today! This course is approved by the State of Ohio for insurance discount Sponsored by AAA Massillon Safety Trust Foundation


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Duct tape festival celebrates America’s favorite adhesive A decade of honoring everyone’s favorite fixer-upper

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rom World War II repair kits to the Apollo 13 mission, duct tape has been an essential part of the toolbox. And this year, they’re celebrating America’s favorite fixer-upper with the 10th Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival – an annual Father’s Day tradition that has drawn nearly one half-million duct tape aficionados since 2003. This free, three-day celebration of all things duct tape kicks off on Friday, June 14, in Avon, Ohio. Known as the “Duct Tape Capital of the World” and home of Duck Tape® brand duct tape, visitors will be entertained by unique displays of duct tape objets d’art, and there are free rolls of duct tape to the first 500 people who visit the festival each day. Fashionistas can break out their best duct tape creations — from hats to purses to dresses and ties — for a chance to strut their stuff on the catwalk. Artists won’t be limited by the tape’s familiar aluminum color. Duck Tape brand duct tape is now available in more than 20 colors, including aqua, fluorescent green, pink, orange and yellow, and bold prints like Mustache, Graffiti and Zig-Zag. Originally developed during World War II, duct tape was first used as a water resistant sealing tape for ammu-

“It ain’t broke, it just lacks duct tape”. Duck Tape® even sponsors an annual competition that offers college scholarships to high school students who create and accessorize prom outfits made from duct tape. The festival’s arts and crafts tent will be open for children and adults so they can try their hand at making a wallet, rose or anything else they can imagine. There will also traditional festival favorites, including rides, food, games, live entertainment, booths from local vendors and organizations and more! A duct tape parade features floats made with duct tape by local businesses and organizations. Or, as Obi Wan Kenobi might have said: “Duct tape is like the Force; it has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.”

STICKS WITH YOU — A duct tape float from the 2009 festival parade. nition cases. Originally known as “duck tape” for its ability to repel water, the name duct tape evolved due to its popularity for sealing ductwork. Its multitude of uses has earned it a place in popular culture, and inspired a vast number of creative and imaginative applications. A 2002 medical study found that duct tape could be

used as an effective treatment for warts. It helped save the lives of Apollo 13 astronauts and has been a part of every manned space mission ever since. A series of bestselling books by The Duck Tape Guys (Jim Berg and Tim Nyberg) chronicling real and wacky uses of duct tape have sold over 1.5 million copies and coined the phrase,

IF YOU GO

The Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival takes place June 14-16 at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Avon Ohio. The times are Friday, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. For additional event information call toll-free, 1.866.818.1116 or visit www.DuctTapeFestival.com.

aroundtown ROCK THE RUNWAY FASHION SHOW — (May 17) See the latest fashion, jewelry and accessories from the Medina Historic District at this fun event. There will be shopping, dining, and a silent auction. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show begins at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at the door. Located at the Medina Community Theater, 139 W. Liberty St., Medina. For tickets and more information, visit www.mainstreetmedina.com. HASTINGS DAIRY: SPRING SEASON OPENER — (May 19) Join Hastings Dairy to re-open the farm for the season. Watch the cow milking, pet the calves, and go on a hayride tour to the barn to see where the cows live. Ride the Chugga Chugga Moo Moo train, get in the corn box, play on the outdoor farm-themed playground and the Junior Dairyman indoor play area and more. Visit the farm to learn about dairy and have fun! No reservations necessary. Free admission. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. at Hastings Dairy Farm, 13181 Claridon Troy Road, Burton. Call 440-635-0313 or visit www.hastingsdairy.com. SESAME STREET LIVE: ELMO MAKES MUSIC — (May 25-26) Jenny, an enthusiastic new music teacher, arrives on Sesame Street only to dis-

cover that her instruments are missing. Jenny’s new Muppet friends quickly come to the rescue and discover ‘instruments’ they never knew existed…rubber duckies, trash can lids and even cookie jars. Elmo and friends teach children that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together in this live show. Show times and ticket prices vary. For more information, visit www.covellicentre.com or call 800-745-3000. Cavelli Centre: 229 East Front Street, Youngstown. FLEA MARKET ON THE SQUARE — (June 1) Explore over 100 distinctive vendors, including vintage and collectable vendors, at the 22nd Annual Flea Market on the Square. There will be many unique and wonderful items for sale, so channel your inner “American Picker.” Come out and delight at fine old things and unique new things! Join us in beautiful Chardon, the center of Ohio’s maple syrup industry. While you are here stroll the charming retail shops on the Square. Free admission. Show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 440-286-1912. CHALK ART FESTIVAL — (June 1) See impressive works of art at the Seventh Annual Chalk Art Festival on the Square in Main Street Medina. The free event runs from 10

a.m. to 3 p.m. While you’re there, check out the kick-off of the Medina County Farmers’ Market, featuring up to 70 vendors of home grown, home produced, and home crafted items. For more information, visit www.mainstreetmedina.com. HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL — (June 7-9) Coshocton County has the longest running balloon festival in Ohio with over 25 hot air balloons filling the skies. Musical entertainment, carnival rides, festive foods, and crafters are just a few of the items lined up at this annual festival. Not to mention the balloons. Free Admission. The festival will be help at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds, 707 Kenilworth Ave., Coshocton, For event schedules and more information, call the Coshocton County Chamber of Commers at 740-622-5411 or visit www.coshoctoncounty.net/agency/ chamber. QUAILCREST FARM SPRING GARDEN FAIR — (June 8-9) Over 40 garden related artists and craftsmen will fill our gardens demonstrating and displaying their wares. Includes are wonderful glass sculptures, miniature gardens, jewelry, antiques and collectables, metal work, pottery, English puddlers, copper sprinklers and, of course, alpacas and alpaca clothing. As always, there

will be a great variety of plants, ferns and garden decorations available for purchase. There will also be food and music. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $2 per car. Quailcrest Farm is located at 2810 Armstrong Road, Wooster. For details, call 330-345-6722 or visit www.quailcrest.com. DULCIMER DAYS — (June 14-16) The Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival is not only the longest running heritage music festival in Ohio, it is also the second oldest event of its kind in the United States. This year marks the 39th year of this nationally significant Appalachian musical event. Bring the whole family to share a music-filled weekend with the sounds of Appalachian and traditional music played on mountain dulcimers, hammered dulcimers, bowed psalteries, fiddles, guitars, banjos and other instruments. The festival consists of workshops, mini-concerts, headliner concert, and jam sessions. It is also the site of the Mid-Eastern Regional Championships on mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimer. The festival is held at Historic Roscoe Village, 600 N Whitewoman St., Coshocton. Free admission; $15 per person per workshop. For hours and more information, visit www.coshoctondulcimerdays.com.


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2013 Approved Auto Repair Centers AVON

ASHTABULA COUNTY

Ray’s Auto & Truck Service

ASHTABULA Nassief Honda 5456 Main Avenue ...........440-997-5151

38219 Colorado Avenue ....440-934-4318 Conrad’s Total Car Care

37537 Colorado Ave. ........440-937-8200

JEFFERSON

AVON LAKE

Nassief Ford/Toyota/Hyundai Inc. 1059 State Rd. 46 North ...440-576-1010

Automotive Specialty Services

1049 RT. 83 ....................440-937-2886

CUYAHOGA COUNTY

Conrad’s Total Car Care & Tire Center

BEDFORD

32954 Walker Road ..........440-933-6600

Bedford Auto Care 803 Broadway Avenue.......440-735-4600

ELYRIA Conrad’s Total Car Care

BEREA

264 Broad Street ..............440-322-6364

Parkway Auto Care 137 Front Street .................... 440-234-4990

Conrad’s Total Car Care

1875 Midway Mall Blvd. ....440-324-2731

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS

LORAIN

Baker’s Automotive Repair 600 East Royalton Road ......... 440-526-0077

Conrad’s Total Car Care

150 Sheffield Center .........440-233-4860

BROOK PARK

Pallens Auto Concept

2360 Broadway Ave. .........440-244-2886

Auto Repair Inc. 6601 Smith Road .................. 216-676-4160

NORTH RIDGEVILLE

Auto Repair Technology 14761 Snow Road ................ 216-898-5800

Conrad’s Total Car Care

Conrad’s Total Car Care 14960 Snow Road ................ 216-362-7300

Expert Automotive

34043 Center Ridge Road .440-327-5100 38800 Center Ridge Rd.....440-281-9971

Metro Toyota, Inc. 13775 Brookpark Road .......... 216-267-7000

PORTAGE COUNTY

CLEVELAND

KENT

Beaulieu Auto Center 4380 East 71st Street ............ 216-441-1950

Don Joseph Toyota 1111 West Main Street .......... 330-673-2200

Broadview Schaaf Marathon 4661 Broadview Road ............ 216-459-8674 Conrad’s Total Car Care 14577 Lorain Avenue ............. 216-941-2062 Conrad’s Total Car Care 1715 Chester Avenue ............. 216-771-7750 Ganley Chevrolet, Inc. 15315 Lorain Avenue ............. 216-671-1620 Hasek Automotive Service 18410 Nottingham Road ........ 216-692-2400

PAINESVILLE

Highway Auto Center 8410 East Washington St. ...... 440-708-0600

Bertone’s Gas & Service Center 222 East Erie Street ............... 440-357-5090

Trans Colonial Auto Service 8228 E. Washington St. .......... 440-543-3355

Conrad’s Total Car Care 123 North St. Clair Street ....... 440-352-0673

CHARDON

Village Chrysler Dodge 2115 Mentor Ave. .................. 440-354-4368

Yorktown Automotive Center 6177 Pearl Road ................... 440-885-2222

Rad-Air Complete Car Care 27051 Detroit Road ............... 440-871-1133

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS Pearl & Bagley Shell 7250 Pearl Road ................... 440-888-8087

RICHMOND HEIGHTS

Southland Automotive 7026 West 130th Street ......... 440-842-6861

Conrad’s Total Car Care 691 Richmoond Road ............ 440-449-4300

Suburban Car & Truck Repair, Inc. 17309 South Miles Road 216-662-2102

Ganley Westside Imports, Inc. 25600 Lorain Road................ 440-734-2000

Spremulli Goodyear 19548 Detroit Avenue ............ 440-331-4647

NORTH RANDALL

SEVEN HILLS

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS

Conrads Total Car Care 4740 Warrensville Center Rd ... 216-581-7087

Goodyear Auto Service Center 3971 Mayfield Road............... 216-382-7680

Conrad’s Total Car Care 7821 Broadview Road ............ 216-573-9800

NORTH ROYALTON

Washington & Lee Service 2080 Lee Road ..................... 216-371-2850

Automotive Excellence 12950 York Delta Drive........... 440-582-2826

Rad-Air Complete Car Care 7893 Broadview Road ............ 440-740-0700

GARFIELD HEIGHTS

Conrad’s Total Car Care 5118 Royalton Road .............. 440-582-2300

Shaker Auto Hospital 16101 Chagrin Blvd. .............. 216-921-4455

ORANGE VILLAGE

SOLON

SHAKER HEIGHTS

Rad-Air Complete Car Care 5266 Turney Road ................. 216-663-0663

The Swedish Solution Inc. 27999 Miles Road ................. 440-248-1022

Conrad’s Total Car Care 33111 Station Street .............. 440-248-7042

LAKEWOOD

PARMA

Rad-Air Complete Car Care 6221 SOM Center Road ......... 440-498-0536

Madison Avenue Auto Service AAA Towing 14588 Madison Avenue.......... 216-226-4100

CHAGRIN FALLS

Conrad’s Total Car Care 1325 Dover Center Road ........ 440-871-2800

Conrad’s Total Car Care 21399 Center Ridge Road ...... 440-333-8400

Lucas Auto Center 14005 Madison Avenue.......... 216-521-3017

Nick Brunner Auto Service 7121 Hart Street.................... 440-255-7308

STARK COUNTY

GEAUGA COUNTY

Rad-Air Complete Car Care 6565 Pearl Road ................... 440-842-5152

Conrad’s Total Car Care 4799 Great Northern Blvd. ..... 440-779-6700

Conrad’s Total Car Care 12629 Detroit Avenue ............ 216-228-6100

Klaben Ford/Lincoln, Inc. 1089 West Main St. ............... 330-673-3139

Conrad’s Total Car Care 1598 Golden Gate Plaza ......... 440-461-1220

ROCKY RIVER

Barry Buick, Inc. 16000 Detroit Avenue ............ 216-221-7000

Heisley Tire & Brake, Inc. 5893 Heisley Road ................ 440-357-9797

WESTLAKE

NORTH OLMSTED

Garfield Auto Center 4923 Turney Road ................. 216-441-3484

Klaben Dodge/Jeep, Inc. 1338 West Main Street .......... 330-673-9971

PARMA HEIGHTS

Slavic Village Automotive 7772 Broadway Avenue 216-341-1143

Target Auto Service 5201 Carnegie Avenue ........... 216-391-5858

Consumer Tire Inc. 8443 Mentor Avenue.............. 440-255-9154

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS

Al’s Auto Service Inc. 2097 State Road ................... 440-885-8550 Conrad’s Total Car Care 1942 Snow Road .................. 216-398-4200 Conrad’s Total Car Care 7701 Day Drive ..................... 440-886-6116

MAPLE HEIGHTS

Harb’s Auto Service 5806 Pearl Road ................... 440-845-8488

Mike’s Automotive 5081 Warrensville Center Rd ... 216-662-0030

Harle’s Auto Service, Inc. 6014 State Road ................... 440-885-5640

STRONGSVILLE Conrad’s Total Car Care 17572 Pearl Road ................. 440-238-6312 Strongsville Express Tire & Automotive 12300 Prospect .................... 440-238-8473 Weber & Son Service & Repair 20720 Westwood Drive .......... 440-238-7543

Chardon Square Tire & Brake 525 Water Street ................... 440-286-7600

RAVENNA Haasz Automall - Dual Facility 4886 State Toute 59 .............. 330-296-2866 HURON COUNTY

NORWALK Jake’s Autocare Inc. 6 Simpson Avenue ................. 419-663-2831 Kasper Chevrolet Buick 300 Milan Avenue .................. 419-668-4811

WILLARD Steve’s Auto Care 221 East Tiffin Street .............. 419-935-1301

Progressive Cadillac 7966 Hills & Dales Rd. .......... 330-833-8585

Chick’s Automotive 29920 Euclid Ave................... 440-943-1400

Skip’s Auto Service of Massillon 30 Thorne Ave. NW ................ 330-837-0005

Maher Bros.–Curt’s Car Care 29257 Anderson Road ........... 440-943-9666

TRUMBULL COUNTY

Target Hawk Tire & Auto Service 30251 Euclid Ave................... 440-943-6434

AutoSmith LLC 117 N. Million Blvd. ....................... 330-872-5855

WILLOUGHBY Conrad’s Total Car Care 35101 Euclid Avenue ............. 440-269-3737 Dave’s Auto Care 37657 Vine Street.................. 440-946-8414 Willoughby Hills Auto repair 34801 Chardon Road ............ 440-585-1691

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS

MENTOR

Center Heights Service, Inc. 3884 Warrensville Center Rd. .. 216-751-3387

Conrad’s Total Car Care 6099 Heisley Rd. ................... 440-354-5300

MASSILLON

Auto Centers, Inc. 30200 Lakeland Blvd. ............ 440-944-9494

CONCORD

Kitland Auto Center 7564 Chardon Rd. ................. 440-256-1434

Uptown Auto Service 2075 W. State St. .................. 330-821-3065

Progressive Chevrolet 8000 Hills & Dales Rd. ........... 330-833-8564

WILLOUGHBY HILLS

KIRTLAND

Ron’s Automotive Service 72 S. Sawburg Ave. ................ 330-821-9872

WICKLIFFE

LAKE COUNTY

Conrad’s Total Car Care 6099 Heisley Road .............. 440-350-4555

ALLIANCE

WILLOWICK Lim-O-Tec/Limousine & Auto Service 31920 Vine Street.................. 440-516-5466 LORAIN COUNTY

AMHERST MS Precision Automotive

1611 Cooper Foster Park...440-989-2886

NEWTON FALLS

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY

DOVER Chuck Nicholson Pontiac, Mazda 135 West Broadway ............... 330-343-7781 Hunphries Auto City 311 Commercial Pkwy B ........ 330-343-6681 Parkway Honda 855 Commercial Pkwy............ 330-364-8661 Parkway Lincoln-Nissan 877 Commercial Pkwy............ 330-364-6650

NEW PHILADELPHIA Automotive Performance 1130 Bowers Ave. N............... 330-364-3717 Ferris Chevrolet Inc. AABR 634 Wabash Ave. ................... 330-343-7761


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